More Trenching

Another good day … cool, but a clear, blue-sky California day.

We continued the trenching, including the drainage trenches and also the rough-in plumbing trenches. The plumbing in the lower level needs to flow to the sewage ejector in the south-east corner of the house (near our good friend, the sump pit) so we need to have the trenches excavated for these gravity-feed pipes.

West side of excavation, showing trenching.

West side of excavation, showing trenching.

East side of excavation, showing trenching and sump pit.

East side of excavation, showing trenching and sump pit.

As well, the east and west walls need adequate clearance from the foundation walls to the concrete piers. There were a few piers where the holes did not provide adequate clearance so these had to be fixed. One of the root causes of this problem was moving from the 18 inch auger bit to the 20 inch bucket bit. There are other theories, too …

Repairs to concrete piers.

Repairs to concrete piers.

A continuing, and probably more irritating than painful, thorn in my side is to get an electrical connection to the temporary site office. The portable power supply has four different sets of outlets and breakers, which are shown in the photos below.

Back of portable power supply, which is where the cord enters.

Back of portable power supply, which is where the cord enters.

Front of portable power supply, showing breakers.

Front of portable power supply, showing breakers.

Left side of portable power supply.

Left side of portable power supply.

Right side of portable power supply.

Right side of portable power supply.

Scott, who will be here on Friday, said, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll fix the power. No problem.’ I felt better knowing that he will help remove this increasingly irritating thorn.

The weather station arrived today. It is very cool although assembling and installing the weather station will be a full project in itself. Having the weather station will be good during construction and will provide excellent data when we are operating the house. It should be a solid investment.

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